We’ve been supporting the changing needs of parents for generations and we have always been at the forefront of parenting education. Now you can be too.



Highlights of this role

We offer the only university-accredited qualification, in collaboration with the University of Worcester, which allows you to become an NCT antenatal teacher.

Once you’ve completed your training you’ll be part of our expert team of antenatal teachers leading both NCT Essentials and NCT Signature antenatal courses, guiding new parents through the most amazing journey of their lives.

You can also to add to your training to deliver another of our antenatal and postnatal services. 

Once qualified you will hold the highly-respected NCT Licence-to-Practise. You’ll be insured by us and also receive free on-going training and assessment to help keep your knowledge and skills up to date.

Your training will equip you to support every one of the parents you meet in the very best way for them. You will:

  • Develop a deep knowledge of pregnancy, the physiology of birth, and the needs of newborns and their parents.
  • Help new parents gain confidence in making the decisions about childbirth and early parenthood that feel right for them.
  • Support your clients to form a supportive group; many will remain friends for a long time after their course.
  • Be self-employed so you can choose what antenatal courses to deliver, working just locally or further afield. You'll also be supported by our hassle-free online booking and payment systems.

What will I earn?

Before you start your new life as an NCT antenatal teacher we want you to be confident it’s the right choice for you – personally, professionally and financially. Because we’re a charity, unlike some commercial support providers, we're happy to tell you up-front what we pay.

Along with the everlasting thanks of countless new parents, you’ll be paid on an hourly basis, varying according to where you work and the experience you build up.

  • Exactly how much you earn will depend on the size of the area you choose to work across, plus the length and number of courses you deliver.
  • For example, in 2016 the average number of antenatal courses that practitioners chose to deliver was 6.3, (average 13.5 hours long); although our busier practitioners typically delivered around 35 NCT courses each.
  • Dependent on experience, outside London the hourly rate for an NCT Antenatal teacher is between £18.60 and £30.20 an hour. In London, the rate can be between £24.00 and £39.10 an hour.

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Course format

To become an antenatal teacher you need to successfully complete years one and two of our foundation degree course. The course has five required modules at Level 4, and a variety of optional modules, including antenatal teacher, at Level 5.

You have the choice of full- or part-time study. You’ll get a personal tutor to support you and keep you motivated. In the first year there are regular group sessions and tutorials run in locations around the country. In the second year locations will vary depending on the specialism choices made. Much of the course is convenient, self-directed learning.

Which modules will I study?

Level 4 - one year full time or two years part-time:

  • Reflective practice and listening skills
  • Facilitating learning in groups
  • Giving birth
  • Breastfeeding knowledge
  • New baby - new family 

Level 5 - one year part-time

  • Antenatal teacher modules 
  • You can also choose to take another Level 5 option, either alongside or after this, and become qualified in a second role, i.e. postnatal practitioner or breastfeeding counsellor. This might make year two a full-time option.

If you have any more questions, have a look at the related documents on the right for more detail, check out our FAQs or contact our friendly admissions team directly using our enquiry form, who are waiting to help you.


Applications for 2019/20 will open on the 1st November 2018 and will remain open until the 30 June 2019 or until the course is full, if this is sooner. The course starts in September 2019 and the academic year will run through until early July the following year. 

Whether you choose to study full or part-time, to make sure you can work at your best and meet course targets, your coursework is distributed evenly throughout the year. 

The part-time option needs only around 15 hours study a week, consisting of self-directed study and around 2-3 days a month  in tutorials/study days/assessment days. In addition you also need to participate in some work-based learning. With this option it will take four years to achieve a foundation degree.

The full-time option will need around 30 hours study a week, also consisting of self-directed study and and around 3-4 days a month  in tutorials/study days/assessment days. In addition you also need to participate in some work-based learning. With this option it will take just two years to achieve a foundation degree.

To help you make the most of the time available and support you to achieve your potential the University of Worcester has developed arrange of Study Skills Advice Sheets to help you to plan and carry out your coursework and assessments.

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What qualifications do I need to study?

To be accepted on a course you will need a minimum of:

  • One A Level (or equivalent)  at grade C or above.
  • Or an equivalent Level 3 qualification i.e. BTEC or CACHE diploma which carries 32 UCAS tariff points. These qualifications do not have to be in a related subject.

If you do not have these qualifications then we offer an access course. If you want to discuss this further please contact our admissions team using the course enquiry form.

How much will it cost? 

Please head to our Student Funding page for more info.

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Simply apply via UCAS using Institution Code W80 and Course Code L521.

Go to the University of Worcester foundation degree online application form and click on the 'Applying' tab. 

Still got some questions? Need some more help with your application?

Please complete the course enquiry form  or  call us on 020 8752 2453 or 01905543012.

I was unsure if my course would be worth the money... well almost three years on and I would have happily paid three times what I paid, I have made friends for life and we still see each other at least once a week.